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Bowerbird #25: Upper Peninsula Spirit Quest

Posted in Bowerbird, music, poetry, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , on 10/12/2011 by alex c

Even in the vast astronomical distances between stars, something lurks. Galaxies are moving away from us at an accelerating rate. On the face of it, this makes no sense. Clearly, there’s a lot left to figure out here. Nature’s been at it awhile, too. Natural navigation may be just what you need. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine convincing a people to go to war for the sake of beauty. There is certainly a great deal of structural variability between individuals, and that’s compounded by structural changes that go on across the lifespan. What is there to say in the face of color, a visual phenomenon that so often seems to elude linguistic expression? We’re not composing sterile, advanced exercises. These statements are getting progressively drunker. The trick is to give the brain information that it can use in an intuitive way. Education is the wisdom wrung from failure. Our lives are filled with loops that hurt us, heal us, make us laugh, and, sometimes, leave us wanting more. There is something boring and obvious in this sociological calculus. The more we try to avoid screwing up when stressed, the more likely it becomes. We just didn’t get the joke until relatively recently.

Bowerbird #19: Coyote Eyes Practice Wilderness

Posted in Bowerbird, poetry, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 09/06/2011 by alex c

We learn what to want, to desire, until we are taught something better. I’ve taken a few drugs in my time. Be careful what you eat at work, because you don’t know exactly what’s in that batch of delicious brownies. There’s fucking, there’s fetishes, and there’s jail time – it’s a spectrum. However, when it comes to the brain, the science is still in its early days. And, so you exaggerate, and put it through that porn-lens. If your calculations are correct, you should find the outcome satisfying. What it is, is pure joy. Since this galaxy was right under our noses by cosmic standards, it makes us wonder how many of these black hole pairs we’ve been missing. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves. We’re not really sure how often something like this happens, or how it affects the galactic environment. But, of course, that would be another generation’s problem. Experiments have shown that the lag between things happening and us experiencing them is about 80 milliseconds. And so we wait, expectantly, for the resolution of E major, for Beethoven’s established pattern to be completed.